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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Impeach Senator Robert Byrd

A pair of Jewish groups accused Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WVA) on Wednesday of making an outrageous and reprehensible comparison between Adolf Hitler's Nazis and a Senate GOP plan to block Democrats from filibustering. Byrd defended the right senators have to use filibusters — procedural delays that can kill an item unless 60 of the 100 senators vote to move ahead. However, former KKK member Byrd sees a comparison of rules of the Senate to block filibusters with Hitler's Nazi regime. Byrd cited Hitler's 1930s rise to power by, in part, pushing legislation through the German parliament that seemed to legitimize his ascension. "We, unlike Nazi Germany or Mussolini's Italy, have never stopped being a nation of laws, not of men," Byrd said. "But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends." Byrd then quoted historian Alan Bullock, saying Hitler "turned the law inside out and made illegality legal." The 'nuclear option' is the nickname for the proposal to end filibusters of judicial nominations and Byrd compared this to Hitler and Nazis. Further, Byrd used the term "incinerate" to describe a legal Senatorial procedure to block the potential filibusters. "There is no excuse for raising the specter of the Holocaust crematoria in a discussion of the Senate filibuster," Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition said. "That kind of political heavy-handedness is inappropriate and reprehensible." At the least Byrd owes an apology; admonishment or impeachment would be more satisfactory for this out of touch politician.

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